Volunteer Info

“’Faith Network cares so much about these kids that it invests the time and effort to train the tutors and provide us with tools to do a good job.”

You can help a struggling student succeed –
We’ll help you do it

We invite you to join the hundreds of volunteers who are making a difference in our community by being a positive role model in the lives of children and youth. Together, we can create a better future for Oakland and surrounding East Bay Communities and help reduce educational inequality.

Volunteer opportunities range from tutoring in reading, math, and science to assisting with food distribution for families in need.

Faith Network programs are structured so that it is easy for tutors, mentors, and assistants to step in and be effective immediately. And the reward of watching a student progress as they reach their potential is priceless.

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Volunteer Voices

6 Simple Ways you can help a child reach their potential

“What’s great is Faith Network provides a really clear framework and set of tools to help you make an immediate impact”

– Laura Engelken

Faith Network offers many opportunities for you to connect with a student, giving them hope to succeed. Our volunteer programs are designed to make it simple for you to step in and be effective. By sharing your time, you connect with a student, a school, and your community. Together, we help under-resourced schools close the achievement gap.

Succeeding by Reading

Tutor a struggling reader
1 on 1 time with struggling students 2 hours a week will help a child reach their potential. We offer multiple locations & time slots. Our program makes it simple for you to inspire them to learn to read… and read to learn. You can help by practicing sight words, phonics, and reading at the child’s level and pace.

Assist in a school library
2 hours of your time per week can help save an under-resourced school library. Our library assistants make school library books available to eager students, assist in library services, and engage with students through reading and storytelling.


Tutor a struggling student in math
Just 1 or 2 hours per week, during school, can help a struggling student learn critical math concepts. Our program makes it simple for you to help a child develop their basic skills through interactive activities and homework assistance.


Bagging food for hungry students
Every other Wednesday, from 9-11 am, our volunteers assemble nutritious food bags for students who would otherwise not have food over the weekend. Through our partnership with the Alameda County Community Food Bank, we help hungry students come to school on Monday morning, ready to learn.


Be a mentor
Just 1 hour per week in spring and summer can help a young adult prepare for their crucial final years of high school. Be a positive role model for youth by listening to them, helping them make positive choices, and providing them with a glimpse at what a great career looks like.  We provide the training. You provide the wisdom.

I want to volunteer, BUT I don’t know where to start.
If you have questions about volunteering, we’ve got answers.

Think it’s hard to volunteer?
4 steps and you’re ready

Understand the Requirements

Commit to at least one hour per week and be willing to LiveScan background check and a TB assessment. Willingness to complete volunteer training and orientation as required.


Fill out and submit the Volunteer Interest form online. Our staff will contact you with the next steps.

Background Check

Complete the LiveScan fingerprint and TB requirements. Submit the information to our office.

Attend Required Training or Orientation

Get introduced to staff, other volunteers, and your school site. Training depending on your volunteer duties and responsibilities.

Start volunteering

With support and encouragement from our staff and fellow volunteers, you can start to make a difference in the lives of children and youth immediately!

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